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Sydney Wetland Institute Resources

Wetland E-books

Useful Apps

There are plenty of Apps to help you when you are out monitoring wetlands that you can get straight on your phone or other mobile device. Or you can design your own bespoke App using the ODK (Open Data Kit) system that we have used for collecting environmental data. I have found it especially useful for citizen science programs as you can make them easy to use, and can be setup on any Android device.

Here are a few examples of Apps that you can download from your Apple store or Google Play store when you are out and about in the wetlands:

 Other useful apps

  • A weather app
  • A compass app
  • A random number app
  • A tide app
  • Google MyMaps – with my sites and locations saved as a .eml file from ARCGIS
  • - WaterLive is a mobile phone application for accessing near real-time water data. The application allows water users to access information from handheld devices for surface water, including major rivers, major dam levels, dam inflows and groundwater data.
  • EmergencyPlus app – great for getting GPS coordinates even when you have no signal

More Wetland Literature

The below list of literature may be of interest to you – whether as a wetland practitioner or as a researcher.


  •  Finlayson CM, Rastogi G, Mishra D & Pattnaik A (eds) 2020. Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Chilika Lagoon, India. Springer, Dordrecht. 438 pp.

Journal articles

  •  Davies GT, Finlayson CM, Pritchard DE, Davidson NC, Gardner RC, Moomaw WR, Okuno E & Whitacre JC 2020. Towards a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Finlayson CM & Gardner R 2020. Ten key issues from the Global Wetland Outlook for decision makers. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Kelleway, J. J., Iles, J. A., Kobayashi, T., & Ling, J. E. (2020). Resilience of a native soil seed bank in a floodplain lake subjected to cropping, grazing and extended drought. Marine and Freshwater Research.
  • Kobayashi, T., Krogh, M., II, H., Shiel, R. J., Segers, H., Ling, J., ... & Pritchard, T. (2020). Zooplankton species richness and abiotic conditions in Thirlmere Lakes, New South Wales, Australia, with reference to water-level fluctuations. Australian Zoologist, 41(1), 107-123.
  • Kumar R, McInnes RJ, Finlayson CM, Davidson NC, Rissik D, Paul S, Cui L, Lei Y, Capon S & Fennessy MS 2020. Wetland ecological character and wise use: towards a new framing. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Ling, J. E., Casanova, M. T., Shannon, I., & Powell, M. (2019). Development of a wetland plant indicator list to inform the delineation of wetlands in New South Wales. Marine and Freshwater Research, 70(3), 322-344.

Reference List: Issue 4

  • Davies GT, Finlayson CM, Moomaw WR & Davidson N 2021. Shifting the Paradigm: A Society of Wetland Scientists Rights of Wetlands Initiative. Wetland Science & Practice 38 (3), April 2021, 89-93.
  • Davies GT, Finlayson CM, Okuno E, Davidson NC, Gardner RC, Moomaw WR and Pritchard DE 2021. Reply to Bridgewater (2021), ‘Response to Davies et al., ‘Towards a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands’’. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Finlayson CM, Gell P & Conallin J 2021. Continuing the discussion about ecological futures for the lower Murray River (Australia) in the Anthropocene. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Finlayson CM, Davies GT, Pritchard DE, Davidson NC, Fennessy MS, Simpson M & Moomaw WR 2021. Reframing the human-wetlands relationship through the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands, Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
  • Irvine K, Dickens C, Castello L, Bredin I & Finlayson CM 2021. Tropical freshwater vegetated wetlands: from ecology to conservation management. In Dalu T & Ryan J Wasserman RJ (eds), Fundamentals of tropical freshwater wetlands: from ecology to conservation management. Elsevier, Amsterdam. (in press).
  • Kingsford RT, Bino G, Finlayson CM, Falster D, Fitzsimon JA, Gawlik D, Murray NJ, Grillas P, Gardner RC, Regan TJ, Roux DJ & Thomas RF 2021. Ramsar wetlands of international importance – improving conservation outcomes. Frontiers in Environmental Science (in press). doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.643367.
  • Mitchell, M., Allan, C., Punthakey, J. F., Finlayson, C. M., & Khan, M. R. (2021). Improving water management in Pakistan using social-ecological systems research. In M. A. Watto, M. Mitchell, & S. Bashir (Eds.), Water resources of Pakistan: issues and impacts: Springer. Cham, Springer International Publishing. Pp 249- 271. 
  • Paul S, Finlayson CM 2021. Climate Change is Threatening Mangroves. Wetland Science & Practice 38 (4), October 2021, 256-258.